ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - One of two remaining candidates in the race to become leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative party says he is dropping out.
Bill Barry said in a personal email sent out early today that he made the decision after what he described as serious personal reflection.
Barry says in the email that he did not receive support from any caucus members, making him feel he was playing against a "stacked deck" with a preordained outcome.
The fisheries magnate says he will return to private business as CEO of the Barry Group of companies.
That leaves Frank Coleman as the sole candidate after Kathy Dunderdale resigned as premier in January.
Another contender, Wayne Bennett, was disqualified after the party's rules committee found that he made discriminatory comments on Twitter and failed up uphold party principles.